The Bloomington-based Illinois Farm Bureau plans to send 18 farmers to Cuba this month as part of a longstanding campaign to lobby for the normalization of trade with the island nation. Vermilion County farmer Kevin Green is one of the farmers. The eastern Illinois farmer says the group plans to meet with members of Cuba's agricultural import agency, port authorities and other officials. The trip is June 28 through July 2. The American Farm Bureau Federation's state-level organizations have been sending farmers to Cuba for years as part of the group's lobbying to end the 50-year-old trade embargo against the communist nation. Farmers see the country as a potential market.
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